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When looking at a property with an existing balcony or deck, deterioration or substandard work may not be easily spotted. If you rent or about to buy a property, be aware the property owners may not even know how or when it was constructed. Unsafe balconies and decks are a hazard and can place...
Home safety
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Three information videos about renting a home were produced to help you understand the laws in Western Australia . Part one: Getting started - covers applying for a tenancy, option fees, tenancy databases, discrimination, tenancy agreements, rents and bonds and property condition reports. Part two...
Multilingual consumers
The Consumer Protection Division sought the views of the community as part of a review of laws that regulate retirement villages in Western Australia. Status: Closed Monday, 28 July 2014. All those interested in this area were urged to read the consultation paper and put in a submission by the...
Consultations
If you are thinking of renting out a granny flat it is important to understand which tenancy laws may apply as this will determine both your rights and your responsibilities. In Western Australia, a person renting a granny flat could be a tenant under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 or a lodger...
Types of rental accommodation
Consumer Protection was seeking the views of the community as part of a review of laws that regulate residential parks in Western Australia. Status: Closed Closed: 12 September 2014 UPDATE: 2016 Final report - DRIS Background The purpose of this review was to assess the effectiveness of the...
Consultations
The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 ('Parks Act') applies to people who: are renting a relocatable home, such as a caravan or park home and a site on a park for 3 months or more; are renting a site on a park for 3 months or more; had a written, fixed term agreement that expired or...
During a tenancy
Consumer Protection has a variety of prescribed (mandatory) and template forms. The links below are to help you find the form you need: Licences Motor vehicle industry licensing fees and forms (Motor vehicle dealers, salespersons, yard managers, car market operators, repairers and repair businesses...
Online resources
The main complaints Consumer Protection receives about holiday accommodation is generally about poor facilities and pricing disputes. Here are some tips to avoid disappointment when booking your next holiday. Choose your destination carefully: As with any purchase do your research by speaking to...
Types of rental accommodation
RCDs Lessors must have two RCDs installed on the switchboard at their rental premises before it can be leased. Energy Safety has more detailed information about RCDs. Smoke Alarms In the case of a fire, toxic smoke, rather than heat and flames, is the most immediate threat to life. As many fires...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights

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Update on the retirement village legislation reform process Submissions to all Consultation Regulatory Impact Statements (CRIS) are now closed. We would like to thank all stakeholders who provided...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
Update on the retirement village legislation reform process Submissions to all Consultation Regulatory Impact Statements (CRIS) are now closed. We would like to thank all stakeholders who provided...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
13 April 2021 How your landlord can correctly end a tenancy Western Australia's temporary changes to renting laws due to COVID-19 ended on Sunday 28 March 2021. From Monday 29 March 2021, the usual...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
1 April 2021 In this issue: Terminations and evictions after end of emergency rental laws Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme Terminations and evictions after end of emergency rental laws The COVID-...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
Tenants can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when notifying their landlord of the intention to end a periodic tenancy agreement. Related flowcharts: Lessor...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Oct 2022
This publication contains contact details for organisations providing the following services: Counselling and suicide prevention Crisis care helpline 1800 199 008 Information and counselling for...
Consumer Protection
Information
07 Nov 2022
11 February 2021 In this issue: Two new phases of Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme Future renting WA - Negotiating guide now available New phases of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
11 February 2021 In this issue: New phases of Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme COVID-19: Future renting WA - Negotiating guide now available New phases of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
It’s time to start talking about your renting future. In response to COVID-19, the Western Australian Government implemented a moratorium on some evictions and all rent increases, under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
11 Jan 2021
23 December 2020 Rent in advance guidelines Some renters have contacted us recently with concerns about receiving requests to pay more than two weeks rent in advance. So it’s a good time to provide...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Dec 2020

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Outdoor gas hot water system incorrectly installed in an internal room Risk of potentially fatal exposure to carbon monoxide or fire Gasfitter ignored a rectification order but still unlocked the gas supply A Midvale family was exposed to potential fire and carbon monoxide risks after a licensed gas fitter installed an outdoor-only water heater inside their house and later removed the gas company...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Nov 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine Boundary fence removed without neighbour’s awareness or consent Builders are reminded of their responsibilities A Landsdale registered builder has been fined $1,000 for removing a rear boundary fence at a Balga site without notifying or obtaining consent from the neighbour, who was left without a back fence for several weeks. The Building Services Board...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Oct 2021
Tenancy toolkit uses imagery to assist visual storytelling of complex legal issues The aim is to improve the understanding of tenancy laws and processes Aboriginal and culturally linguistically diverse communities to be targeted A major effort to improve the understanding of renting rights in vulnerable communities has been launched with the release of a specially-designed educational toolkit...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2021
10-month-old made contact with live parts of a damaged power supply Parents urged to regularly check condition and location of electrical items RCDs do not protect against all electrical faults WA’s Director of Energy Safety is reminding parents to check the condition and location of electrical equipment at their homes after a baby was lucky to escape with only finger burns when he touched live...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Sep 2021
Agency took up to five weeks to lodge bonds with the Bond Administrator Law allows lodgement within two weeks but no longer Property managers reminded to process bonds as soon as practicable Failure to lodge three tenancy bonds on time has resulted in an East Perth real estate agency being reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal. Tiapan Pty Ltd , trading as L.J. Hooker...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Aug 2021
Tenants and landlords don’t always see eye-to-eye over what constitutes “fair wear and tear” at the end of a tenancy, which may then lead to a disagreement over how the security bond is to be disbursed. Bond disputes have been one of the major issues Consumer Protection has been handling since the rent moratorium ended in March this year, with new figures revealing we have conciliated 206...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2021
Building and Energy campaign targets carbon monoxide hazards in the home Gas heaters should be regularly serviced by a licensed gas fitter Ensure adequate ventilation and awareness of carbon monoxide symptoms A new campaign is urging Western Australians to stay safe and warm this winter by having their gas heaters serviced and being aware of carbon monoxide risks. The campaign, by the State’s gas...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jul 2021
As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to cast a shadow over our lives, there may be some Western Australians who are still struggling to stay afloat financially due to job losses or having their work hours reduced. Renters who are unemployed, or who have lost more than half their income, should know that the State Government’s Residential Rent Relief Grant scheme will now remain open...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Jul 2021
There’s no place like home, so when unexpected damage occurs to a rental property it’s important for tenants to be across their rights and know that they can come to us when issues aren’t fixed in a reasonable time. Regardless of whether damage to a rental property occurs due to wild weather or a structural issue, the landlord is legally responsible for necessary repairs and maintenance to bring...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jul 2021
Rent support or rent arrears grants on offer Scheme which has already supported thousands of tenants extended until December 31, 2021 Previous applicants can apply again The McGowan Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) to continue to assist tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to pay their rent. Applications for the existing scheme, which has so...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jun 2021

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